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Why are so many of these sentences weird? I was doing dutch and got the sentence "I am not a banana!" and also "Luis eats spiders" in spanish.

October 17, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/AdelleHiebert

I don't really have an answer for you, but I found that out too. They have such weird sentences. But I guess maybe they want you to laugh or shake your head? I find some of them hilarious. :)

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414

Trust me there are far weirder ones than that :)

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nana_bun

I've gotten a few as well and I wish there were more! Not only does it help me remember the words/grammar, I feel more of an accomplishment when I translate a weird sentence correctly because I know I know the words/grammar and I'm not just on autopilot.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson

I think that's an important point – if all the sentences were of the type 'where is the hotel' then there will be greater tendency to just guess them.

Also, the publicity they get from sentences being shared on social media helps them. For example: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) tweeting about 'You are easy' etc. In fact the job advert for Duolingo Stories/Bots had a reference to this aspect.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

I was just listening to a Podcast on the language instruction system called TPRS ("Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling"). Using unexpected sentences was explicitly mentioned as a useful part of the system. As others have said, it's because they're more memorable.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

"Luis eats spiders"

Wow, what a funny reference to Luis von Ahn.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Also, yes, there are plenty of weird sentences on Duolingo. A search through the forum will show some of these sentences.

October 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Koezumi

Well in the Polish course you have "Ryba nosi koszulę" which means "The fish wears a shirt"... I think the sentences are easier to memorize this way.

October 17, 2017
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